We are convinced that having a diverse and inclusive workforce can drive the success of an organisation.
We are leading on diversity initiatives, including educating all employees to ‘Work with Respect’ and training managers on how to ‘Manage an Inclusive Environment’. We promote flexible and agile working practices as well as various family and gender networks to support sustainable and healthy lifestyles. We promote equality through our recruitment, talent development and reward practices.
As part of Societe Generale, we have signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, a UK Government sponsored initiative, which reflects our aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services.
In addition, we are proud to be a founding partner of the WealthiHer Network, aimed at championing the transformation of the industry's approach to women in finance and female private clients. We joined forces with our peers to better understand the diversity of their needs, celebrate their success and empower them to grow and protect their wealth with confidence.
Career Returners Programme
As part of our diversity strategy, we support people who have had a long career break and are looking to re-enter the workplace. This is why we launched a new Career Returners Programme. This initiative aims to recruit private banking professionals who have had a career break of more than two years, and feel ready to return to work in the fields of private banking and investment management. We demonstrate our long-term commitment to this programme by hiring on a permanent basis.
We have partnered with Women Returners, an organisation which will provide the career returners with training, including how to build a professional identity and develop a sustainable work-life balance to help with self-confidence and networking skills.
Widening access to the banking sector
Through our various initiatives, we encourage and support young people to access alternative routes into banking. Summer internships and apprenticeship schemes have also provided opportunities for work placement and training, as well as creating a diverse talent pipeline for the Bank.
We provide apprenticeship training opportunities for current staff and new joiners in a number of departments across a variety of subjects (including management apprenticeships). It is an opportunity to acquire new soft skills on the job, whilst gaining a professional qualification in a structured framework.
We offer a variety of apprenticeship schemes focusing on digital, technical, management skills and professional qualifications.
In July 2019, we had the highest number of graduates for our internship programme. This aims to give successful interns an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop business skills. This runs alongside a tailored programme managed within the specialist departments, to ensure that the interns gain a detailed insight into the roles and responsibilities in which they are interested. Interns can also apply for available trainee roles in the Bank at the end of their contract and have the opportunity to study a relevant apprenticeship and gain a formal professional qualification.
Wellbeing is essential to build a sustainable business.
We provide various benefits to help promote wellbeing with initiatives that run through the year, such as mental and physical health education workshops, mental health training and first aiders, GP medical services, sports and social events, on-site physiotherapy and massages, agile working and exercise classes. We also run an annual wellbeing campaign week by hosting workshops and exercise challenges.
Our senior managers and Executive Committee regularly engage with staff via a number of informal and formal initiatives, including an annual employee survey, regular team meetings, townhalls, breakfasts and sports and social events.